Elementary Book Fairs Coming Soon!

Visit our Book Fair!

Our fall elementary scholastic book fairs are just around the corner!  As we have in past years, we will be having an “All for Books” coin drive … Continue reading

Veteran’s Day Program Set for Nov 11 at 9:30am

The annual Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools November 11, 2014 Community Wide Veterans’ Day Assembly will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Middle School gym. —ALL Veterans(from near or far) are invited to be our special guests at the … Continue reading

Little Viking Wrestling Club

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 5.41.26 PMRegistration forms are now available for the Little Viking Wrestling Club.  All students grades K-8 who are interested in learning the fundamentals of wrestling are invited … Continue reading

Weather Notification Information

As our summer has faded to fall and our fall will soon fade to my least favorite season (winter) we need to be thinking of how we communicate our schedule changes to those we serve. Here is some information that … Continue reading

Karr Complex Renovation Video

Click on the title of the post to see the video. Do you support the project? Take our quick survey here. Donation Link: 


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My name is Jim Murray and I am proud to be serving as principal of Tilford Elementary School, part of the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District, located in Vinton, Iowa.

After graduating from Iowa State University, I had experiences teaching 2nd and 5th grade for the Wall Lake View Auburn School District and 4th grade for Storm Lake Community Schools. I continued my education at Buena Vista University, earning my Masters of Science degree in Educational Administration and then served as 3-5 principal in Independence. I’ve been a principal in our school district since 2003 and am proud to serve as both a learner and leader to the staff, students and families of Tilford. My wife Lisa and I are proud residents of the Vinton community. I have three children, Lucas, Logan and Lauren who are currently enjoying their educational experiences in our school district.

Our excellent teachers and support staff are committed to providing a respectful, caring and supportive environment in which all students reach academic success. Our staff and students both welcome and value the support of our families, volunteer and resources provided by our outstanding community.

Please feel free to visit our school. We would love to share with you all the great learning that is happening at Tilford Elementary School!

Jim Murray
319-436-4728 ext.200